Professor of Theatre Arts and the J.Thomas and Julie Esch Hurvis Professor of Theatre and Drama
Timothy X. Troy is a stage director of plays, operas and musicals. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History of Ideas - Modern, from Lawrence University. He earned the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts/Directing from the University of Iowa, where he directed the original production of five new plays from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. At Iowa, he studied with Lee Breuer, Robert Headley, and the renowned Romanian designer, Daniel Nemteanu. Mr. Troy was a regular guest stage director for the University of Wisconsin Madison Opera. There he worked with Karlos Moser mounting productions including the Lee Hoiby/Lanford Wilson opera version of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, and premiered a new opera called Mirabell: Books of Number by Minneapolis composer Marjorie Hess. For DuPage Opera Theater in Chicago, he directed Janacek's Jenufa and enjoyed further critical success with The Elixir of Love, La Bohème, La Traviata and The Magic Flute.
Mr. Troy's musical repertory includes productions of Evita, Into the Woods, Big River, and Pippin. After serving as a directing intern at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, much of his theatre work was showcased at the Boulevard Ensemble in Milwaukee. He directed such diverse projects as William Saroyan's The Time of Your Life, Machiavelli's The Mandrake, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Beckett's Waiting for Godot, and Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross. His 2005 production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler for Cornertsone Theatre was hailed as one of ‘Top-Ten’ productions for that season. Troy’s 2005 production of El Barberillo de Lavapies was the first offering of a zarzuela for Light Opera Oklahoma.
He continues his work as a stage director, teaches courses in acting, direction, Voice and Diction and script analysis, and serves as Chair for the Department of Theatre Arts. Professor Troy’s regular contribution to Lawrence’s Freshman Studies program was honored with the Freshman Teaching Prize in 2004. Since serving as Visiting Professor at Trinity College-Dublin in 2005, Mr. Troy has turned his attention to playwriting. His most recent plays, The Dublin Journal and The Life of Me are currently under consideration at theatres in the US, Ireland, and the UK. In early 2007, the Lawrence Conservatory of Music premiered his Vietnam Era adaptation of Stravinsky’s, L’Histiore du Soldat. Mr. Troy is also serves as producer and artistic director of the Lawrence University Theatre of the Air. He was a featured contributor to the Oscar Award-winning film, A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin, a film by fellow Lawrence graduate, Eric Simonson.
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